2024 Kia EV6 Review

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The Kia EV6’s striking exterior stands out among comparable compact electric SUVs. First offered in 2021, the vehicle is available in a variety of trims, from the entry-level light rear-wheel drive option to the priciest version, the GT all-wheel drive. The base trim level of the EV6 features an estimated EPA range of 232 miles, but buyers can get up to an estimated 310 miles on a single charge if they opt for the long-range or GT levels. All trim levels also come with 800-volt ultra-fast DC charging capability, which means drivers can get considerably fast public charging.

The EV6 can deliver a fast and sporty driving experience. Plus, it comes with standard driver-assistance technology like automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and forward-collision warning.

Although the five-passenger car offers plenty of cargo space both in the front and back, there are more competitive options if capacity is a priority. Here’s more about the EV6 including its key features, available trims, specs and cost of ownership.

Cost of EV ownership

Automotive group AAA conducts an annual Your Driving Costs study that breaks down vehicles by category and provides the average costs for five top-selling models in each category. The summary below is for its EV category in 2023 and not a specific make and model.

Operating costs

Fuel cost per mile

4.74 cents.

Maintenance cost per mile

8.12 cents.

Ownership costs

Full-coverage insurance


License, registration, taxes


Depreciation (15K miles/year)


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Total cost: 15K miles per year

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Ownership costs


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*Negative amount reflects the availability of federal and state incentives, which vary from state to state.

Insurance costs

The price of insurance is also something that impacts ownership costs. The median annual premium for a 2024 Kia EV6 Wind with full coverage is $2,413 — or $201.08 per month. (Note: This nationwide median rate is for a 35-year-old driver with good credit and a good driving history.) Keep in mind that your insurance cost may differ from this based on your age, your driving history, your location, the coverage you select, and the vehicle's make, model and trim.

How to charge an EV at home

EV charging is divided into three different categories — Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3, also known as DC fast charging. Each level differs in its amount of electrical output and how fast it recharges an EV.

DC fast chargers, as the name implies, have the highest level of output, and not all EVs have the capability to use this type of charger. Typically, this type of charger is found at public charging stations and not in homes. So, when planning for home charging, your decision comes down to whether Level 1 charging or Level 2 charging will meet your needs.

Level 1 charging may be sufficient if you don’t drive your car a lot and only take short trips around town. You would plug the EV into your standard 110-volt home outlet, and your battery would be replenished at a rate of about 3-5 miles per hour. Most EVs come with a Level 1 charging cord.

Level 2 charging is the most common and will add about 20-25 miles of range for every hour your EV is plugged in. However, it requires a 240-volt outlet, which will likely require electrical upgrades in your home. Also, most EVs don’t come with a Level 2 charger, so you may need to buy the charger and pay an electrician for installation. Expect to pay several hundred dollars or more to prepare for Level 2 charging at home.

To minimize the ongoing cost of charging at home, check with your electric company about the best time to charge. Some offer lower rates if you charge during off-peak electrical usage hours.

How to shop for an EV

When deciding which EV model is right for you, consider factors like incentives, charging costs and battery range.

Tax credits, incentives and rebates. There are federal, local and manufacturer-specific incentives that can reduce the cost of buying an EV. First, there’s a federal EV tax credit for new and used EVs. Note that there are EV and buyer-specific criteria you must meet to qualify for this credit. Additionally, state, local governments and electricity companies, in some cases, offer cash incentives for EV buyers. You can find these through a database provided by the U.S. Department of Energy. Manufacturers also offer incentives in the form of rebates and low interest loans.

Charging costs. The best EV charging option will depend on factors including your vehicle’s efficiency, whether you decide to charge at home, where you live and more. Charging at home is typically cheaper than using a public charger. The cost of charging at home will depend on your electricity rates, and if you decide to opt for Level 1 charging (plug your EV into a standard wall outlet) or use a Level 2 charger, which requires additional equipment and potentially electrical work. You can also choose to charge at a public fast-charging port, which will cost you anywhere between $6 and $35 to add about 100 miles to your vehicle. Consider which charging option(s) might fit your budget when purchasing an EV.

Battery range. When deciding which EV is right for you, a top consideration should be range — this is how far an EV can travel before its battery needs to be recharged. Some EVs can travel over 400 miles on a single charge, while others top off around 150 miles. If you plan on primarily taking long drives with your car, you’ll want an EV with a higher range, although these typically come with steeper prices than lower-range vehicles.

How to shop for an auto loan

The process of getting an auto loan can go quickly: If you meet credit requirements, you may be able to walk into a dealership and drive away with a car and loan today. Still, it pays to take your time to tick off the following steps, to ensure you find the best loan with the lowest rate for your financial situation.

1. Check your credit report and credit scores. You’re entitled to a free copy of your report every week from each of the major reporting bureaus, Experian, Equifax and TransUnion.

2. Shop around at more than one lender. Survey large and regional banks and local credit unions, as well as online lenders and loan aggregators.

3. Get preapproved. This is different from pre-qualifying and requires a hard credit pull that may temporarily lower your credit scores. But because the lender will get more information about you and your credit history, the estimated rate should be closer to the final rate you receive upon loan approval.

4. Set a budget. Your loan offers will show the most you can borrow, the interest rate and an estimated monthly payment.

5. Select and finalize your loan. If you decide to buy a car at a dealership or online retailer, don’t skip applying for financing there too. Car manufacturers may offer below-market interest rates for their brands purchased at a dealership. And online retailers typically have their own financing and access to a network of lenders, but most allow you to bring your own financing.

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How to shop for auto insurance

Getting car insurance can be as quick as clicking a few links; the process boils down to these five steps:

1. Gather some information. You'll need the basics of every driver who'll go on the policy, as well as facts about the car.

2. Determine your coverage needs. Each state has its own minimum requirements, but you may want broader coverage for your vehicle.

3. Decide where to get insurance. Your options include going directly to an insurer, using a "captive" or independent agent, or going through a specialty agency.

4. Compare companies. Get quotes from multiple places. And make sure you’re comparing policies with the same coverage limits and deductibles.

5. Buy your new policy (or update your existing one). Once you’ve chosen a company and a policy, you can usually pay all at once or on a monthly schedule. If you’re buying a new car, make sure you have insurance coverage in place before you drive off the lot.

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NerdWallet averaged rates based on public filings obtained by pricing analytics company Quadrant Information Services. We examined rates for men and women for all ZIP codes in any of the 50 states and Washington, D.C. Although it’s one of the largest insurers in the country, Liberty Mutual is not included in our rates analysis due to a lack of publicly available information.In our analysis, “good drivers” had no moving violations on record; a “good driving” discount was included for this profile.These are average rates, and your rate will vary based on your personal details, state and insurance provider.Sample drivers had the following coverage limits:

  • $100,000 bodily injury liability coverage per person.

  • $300,000 bodily injury liability coverage per crash.

  • $50,000 property damage liability coverage per crash.

  • $100,000 uninsured motorist bodily injury coverage per person.

  • $300,000 uninsured motorist bodily injury coverage per crash.

  • Collision coverage with $1,000 deductible.

  • Comprehensive coverage with $1,000 deductible.